• Comedian Gus Lynch’s death devastates Minneapolis comedy community

    Real comedy nerds know Minneapolis has, for the past five years or so, become one of the most vital burgeoning comedy cities in the country. Along with a few other cities like Denver, Austin and Portland, Minneapolis has proven you don’t necessarily need to move to Los Angeles or New York in order to prove your comedy prowess. Well, Minneapolis continues to prove its merit and strength, though most recently

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    Darryl Lenox turns pain into laughs on new stand-up special and album ‘Blind Ambition’ (Video)

    One of the most important things a good comedian can do is turn personal pain into artful laughs. And few comedians do it better than Las Vegas-born Darryl Lenox. His latest project Blind Ambition proves to be an amazingly funny testament to that. The stand-up special, anchored by a series of stories and jokes centered around his severely impaired eyesight, premiered on Starz recently and will air again Nov. 26

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    The Laughspin Interview with the Sklar Brothers

    The Sklar Brothers are making a push for that oft-referred to, but rarely explained, “next level” in comedy. Riding on the wave of their popular Earwolf podcast, Sklarbro Country, having just dropped their new album Hendersons and Daughters, and appearing on Conan (see video below), the inimitable comedy team of Randy and Jason Sklar has made their mark on the comedy world. Laughspin caught them getting ready for Conan to

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    Dave Waite: “Kaboom” (Review)

    About halfway through Kaboom (available July 19), comedian Dave Waite pointedly declares, “I need a hobby.” Virtually obsessed with “ladies,” “titty bars” and all things porn, the Cincinnati native’s 41-and-a-half minute debut album covers a variety of topics, ranging from former jobs to a more-than-interesting social life to how his parents threatened to sell him to gypsies if he didn’t do his homework. These premises are comedic goldmines, but overall

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    Review: David Huntsberger’s “Humanitis”

    The best comedy albums usually offer us equal parts “holy shit” moments of recognition, “oh my fuck” moments — where the comic plants an image in your head you never, ever wanted to see — and of course, huge laughs. David Huntsberger’s well written and structurally sound album Humanitis offers the former two assets in surplus while the supply of laughs feels a little light, leaving the listener with a

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    Review: Andy Ritchie’s “King-Ding-A-Ling”

    As if Andy Ritchie were the Mary Lou Retton of comedy, he charges down the runway, leaps headfirst into his act, and sticks the landing on the opening joke of King Ding-A-Ling, his debut CD on Stand Up! Records. He certainly does not go splat after unexpectedly and brilliantly filleting a ’60s sacred cow, the usually unassailable activists of the civil rights movement, but Ritchie falls into several safe jokes

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    Andy Ritchie: King Ding-A-Ling

    As if Andy Ritchie were the Mary Lou Retton of comedy, he charges down the runway, leaps headfirst into his act, and sticks the landing on the opening joke of King Ding-A-Ling, his debut CD on Stand Up! Records. He certainly does not go splat after unexpectedly and brilliantly filleting a ’60s sacred cow, the usually unassailable activists of the civil rights movement, but Ritchie falls into several safe jokes

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    Lee Camp: Chaos For The Weary

    As perceptive and profane and profound as Lee Camp can be, he really does not represent a generation of new comic as much as the regeneration of an old one: George Carlin. Lucky him! Lucky us! His antic and intensely interesting new CD from Stand Up! Records, Chaos for the Weary (available Friday), even comes with the Carlin seal of approval, courtesy of Kelly Carlin, daughter of the late comic

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    Jim David: Notorious F.A.G.

    Jim David is a comedian. Clearly. The man has the confidence, charm and control that mark a veteran of the field; he’s polished from years of experience. But to say he is clearly a comedian is also a critique. Under all of the experience lie jokes that while skillfully delivered are often too obvious and too clearly set up to effectively hide the strings. Nevertheless, Notorious F.A.G. still delivers some

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    Glenn Wool: Let Your Hands Go

    While anyone can point out hypocrisy, and maybe even get a laugh, it takes a special kind of mind to mix the sardonic with the silly, the way Glenn Wool does on his album, Let Your Hands Go (Stand-Up! Records.) Wool doesn’t just touch on heavy topics, but rather dives, full force and unapologetically, into religion, his many past and current experiences with drugs and alcohol and homosexuality. He continues,

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    Video interview: Mike DeStefano

    Just before the finale of Last Comic Standing, Punchline Magazine’s Matthew Gill had a great chat with comedian Mike DeStefano, who landed in the final five of the NBC competition show. But honestly, his appearances on the show had nothing to do with us wanting to meet up with the man. We’ve been quietly following his career for the last few years, mostly in New York, and were delighted when

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    Video interview: A Tight Five with Hannibal Buress

    The online comedy world has been abuzz all this week about the release of comedian Hannibal Buress’ debut album My Name is Hannibal. We’d like to believe our early review of the disc weeks ago helped create said buzz. More than likely, however, it’s just that the album, put out by Stand Up! Records, is great and that Buress is an exciting, young comedian who happens to be super easy

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    Hannibal Buress: My Name is Hannibal.

    Hannibal Buress can easily be admired for many things; but what holds his consistently funny act together is persistence. Persistence is the trademark of a skilled comic who can seamlessly move beyond observation and then delve into the furthest logical conclusion a situation has to offer. This Chicago native and current Saturday Night Live staff writer doesn’t just tell jokes; he doesn’t dart into a concept, drop a pun and

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    Doug Stanhope: “I’m Happy as Shit.”

    photo by Chris Saunders Doug Stanhope’s newly released album From Across the Street is exactly what you’d expect– that is, if you’re a sick and twisted human being. How many comics today could get away with comparing themselves to the 9/11 hijackers? How many could ask an audience if love would still exist without monogamy, then let the silence linger for a few deafening seconds before bringing the house down?

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    Dwight York: Quickies

    Jokes come in all sizes; sometimes the smaller, the better. Dwight York proves that on Quickies, his barrage of bawdy and balmy humor. If he were being paid by the joke or laugh, either way he would bankrupt his record company, Stand Up! Records: This CD, one of the most entertaining comedy releases of 2009, is that hilarious and that full of bodacious punch lines. (“Took a drug test the

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